Disney+ Pulls A Netflix And Cancels Two Fan-Favorite Shows

John Stamos in Big Shot and Josh Duhamel in Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
(Image credit: Disney+)

As of late, Netflix has become infamous for cancelling numerous TV shows that were once top trending shows on the streaming service, like Warrior Nun and The Baby-Sitters Club, to name a couple. But the latest series to get the axe on streaming comes from Disney+. Two original family shows from the service, Big Shot and The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, will reportedly not continue for more seasons. 

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Both sports series are ending after two seasons at Disney+, per TVLine. John Stamos led the Big Shot cast as the coach of a girls basketball team at a private high school, whereas Game Changers followed a junior hockey team and was led by Josh Duhamel and Lauren Graham.  

The decision comes less than three months after The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Season 2 finale aired. Both seasons of the show received positive reactions from audiences, despite original Mighty Ducks star Emilio Estevez being replaced by Josh Duhamel between Season 1 and Season 2. Big Shot’s second season rolled out in one go back in October to good feedback from viewers of the Disney+ series as well. 

However, it was previously reported that both series were “struggling” when former Disney TV executive Peter Rice renewed them for second seasons. Per the Wall Street Journal, Rice’s decisions to continue the series, both of which “cost more than $50 million” despite not having “the type of success that merited additional seasons” was one reason Rice was fired from his role as Head of Disney Television back in June. 

With that in mind, even though those who watched the Disney+ sports series enjoyed them, perhaps neither of them were getting the traction needed for the streaming service to renew them for additional seasons. In an age where there’s so many streaming services, it’s easy for shows like Mighty Ducks and Big Shot to get lost in the mix. Apparently the appetite just isn’t there for coming-of-age sports series like these given the Disney+ decision. 

It’s unfortunate given both series are led by a combination of seasoned stars and new talent. When Big Shot was renewed for a second season back in the fall of 2021, John Stamos shared that the series “represents everything Disney is to me” while showing his excitement for the decision. However, it looks like the Disney+ series will not receive the kind of longevity of his other family series, Full House, with its short-lived run. 

Neither Stamos or Duhamel have commented on the cancellations of their Disney+ series at this time. Despite the Big Shot and Mighty Ducks series not continuing their storylines, you can still catch up with every episode of them both with a Disney+ subscription. We’ll continue to keep you posted here on CinemaBlend regarding the futures of your favorite series.

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